The Human Cost of Fraud

By Ken Dulieu, Chairman, Capcon Ltd, providing intelligence, protection and security to businesses. The financial cost of fraud is widely reported by government agencies, accountants and organisations such as the Fraud Advisory Panel, with the National Fraud Authority estimating an annual cost of £73 billion. But, what is rarely included in these reports, is the […]

Managing risk in hospitality: Employee Screening

Article published by the Beavis Morgan group, accountants, tax, wealth planning and business advisers. Information is key to minimising risk in an organisation and there is no greater internal vulnerability than human capital risk. According to the latest Kroll Global Fraud and Risk Report*, 2021 was an unprecedented year for corporate risk, with firms simultaneously […]

Supreme Court decision handed down in landmark director duty case

Supreme Court

Solicitors Journal, 3 January 2022 Ken Dulieu, Chairman of Capcon Ltd, comments: At last fair and welcome Judgement for British businesses. The enclosed article, drafted by Jane Fowler of Aquila Advisory, and published by Solicitors Journal – Crown Prosecution Service vs Aquila Advisory Ltd [2021 UKSC 49] – expertly describes the background and process of […]

The Sparkling Wine debate – How the hospitality sector can benefit from upselling

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The Covid‑19 pandemic and its associated government measures to limit mobility, significantly impacted all our lives and the consequential mechanisms we have adopted to cope with adversity. With restaurants, bars and other venues being closed, this naturally led to more at home alcohol consumption – hitting the hospitality industry hard, but also boosting online sales […]

Advice to the hospitality sector to increase margins

Restaurant Interiors

Margins are all down to the cost of the product against the price consumers are willing to pay, and there will generally always be a ceiling. It is, of course, evident that by training staff to upsell to a higher price bottle doesn’t necessarily mean the margin will be greater. Usually ‘desired products’ such as […]

Slimline to boost your bottom line – Could your hospitality business be missing out?

Close up shot of group of soft drink cans

Commentary by Lee Bowen, Head of Operations and Development at Capcon Limited Following the introduction of the Soft Drinks Industry Levy (Sugar Tax) by the UK Government, many businesses have now replaced standard postmix cola with reduced / zero sugar alternatives such as Pepsi Max and Coke Zero. While zero sugar postmix has now become […]

Effective stock management: a game changer for the hospitality sector

Downstairs and wine bottles in a winery

As an industry reliant on social contact, the pandemic has had a serious detrimental impact on hospitality businesses, particularly small, independent enterprises. According to the latest edition of the UK Hospitality Quarterly Tracker with CGA, the sector lost nearly two thirds of revenue in 12 months of COVID-19, with around £220 million of sales lost […]

Fraud prevention: Know who you’re dealing with

Hacker working using computer with codes

Article published in Solicitors Journal, 5 September 2021 Fraud now accounts for over 33% of crime in the United Kingdom, an alarming figure which is growing substantially year on year. Fraud is now the single biggest risk to our economic recovery from Covid 19. The Government backed Covid 19 Loan Scheme will see tens of […]

ECB Hypocrites Dig Giant Hole For Themselves

Cricket equipment on grass

Daily Mail – Wednesday 9th June 2021 This was an article written by World of Cricket’s Paul Newman, in his weekly column. Link here. The starting point of the article was that Ollie Robinson, who was awarded his first England Cap at 27yrs of age, was exposed as having made racist and sexist threats nine […]